Cloghany : Court Tomb

CountyFermanagh
Grid RefH 160 304
GPSH 16031 30418 (7m)
Longitude7° 45' 15.12" W
Latitude54° 13' 20.4" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownSwanlinbar (4.5 Km)
OS Sheet26
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 17th March 2007

What a weird site. It is located on an open expanse of peat bog in a deep cutting. The two meter high walls of peat that surround it prevent you getting any idea of what views the site may have. I was further hindered today by driving rain giving almost zero visibility - I'm amazed I found the tomb.

When you do reach it you are confronted with a long, heather-covered mound with several stones poking out of it. It is alined roughly southwest-northeast with the court to the northeast. This probably faces the peak of Benauglin, but I couldn't see it today.

To the front of the mound there are two angled slabs that represent the court. This would have been shallow and V-shaped. along the north side of the carin the outside of the wall slabs are exposed. The gallery seems to have been filled in with cairn material and walking across the top is quite harardous. At first I thought one hole led into a large space inside, but a photo taken inside the whole just revealed lots of stones.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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